THE SUBTLE ANATOMY PART 2 -The ETHERIC ASTRAL AND LOWER MENTAL FIELD
August 1, 2011 by ravenstarshealingroom
From the time you were born, you never had to learn how to breathe, circulate your blood, digest your food, eliminate toxins or heal your body because the etheric field and/or life force within and around us carries all these complex processes out until we die. This vital field speaks to us through the sympathetic nervous system, our intuition and our inner sense of knowing. Its main purpose is to protect and buildup the physical body. But this isn’t its only function. Not only does it integrate the mind/body connection, it guides us to our most subtle expression, the spirit within us.
“……man moves in a whirlpool of forces of all types and qualities and is related to all other energies in the universe. This connection is made by what is called his etheric body, which is of much less dense physical matter, and is a mould and surround to the physical body itself. It has many functions in relation to its denser counterpart. It stores up radiatory light and heat for controlled transmission to the physical body; it forms a barrier between the physical and the dangerous astral planes which can only be transcended when consciousness is sufficiently developed to permit escape. The dense physical body composed of atoms, each with its own energies, light and force, is held together by and is expressive of the energies which compose the etheric body. It is therefore not unexpected that disorders of the etheric body have dire physical consequences. Indeed etheric congestion may lead to many forms of disease and of mental illness……The etheric body is really composed of a network of fine channels or lines of force, and there are points where these lines cross one another and thus form centres of energy. Where many such lines of force cross each other is a large centre of energy, and where great streams of energy meet and cross, as they do up the spine and in the head, there are the seven major centres.” ALICE BAILEY
We are and have been discovering the etheric field is a powerhouse of energy. It stores up radiatory light and heat and feeds this to the human form in an even and controlled manner. The body’s crystallized form is composed of atoms, each with it own energies and is held together by and through the make-up the etheric body. It governs and functions all our organs and respiratory, circulatory, digestive, glandular, endocrine and nervous systems. Etheric congestion can lead to disease and mental illness. Therefore, everything that affects the body must pass through this field first. Some of the information contained in this field enters our awareness through our senses, thoughts and intuition. But some of the information stays hidden, affecting the choices we make and our physical body.
“The unfoldment of the human consciousness is a gradual process of the accumulation of many lifetimes that are recorded and stored within the etheric body; an overlay of life after life, of being after being, and the realization that these lives are in themselves the sum total of all the energies body, mind and spirit intermingled into one whose main intent is to create and to manifest on the earth plane. These energies and forces, are activated and remembered through the universal archetypes and through symbolic forms.” ravenstar
The potential for everything we are meant to be is already imprinted into our etheric body at the moment of conception.
“Conception is the bridge between the absolute and the relative, between that which is beyond time, space and matter and that which is in time, space and matter. Crossing this bridge demands a commitment to being here and to participate full in life.” Debbie Shapiro
Once the fetus begins to grow, the spine in the etheric and physical world is the first to develop, which is followed by the rest of our skeletal structure. Robert St. John states, “Our bones portray the primary pattern of that with which we started life at conception…containing the inherited traits, karmic patterns and all other factors which are imposed or drawn into the new life. The spine is the centre of this structure.”
In the beginning, the interplay of these energies were hard for me to understand and I couldn’t help wondering how anyone would be able to functionor even integrate such an erratic barrage of information. Then one day I watched a friend gift-wrap a present and with a finishing touch, add a lovely ribbon. I saw the force of these energies come intoplay. Symbolically, when we gift wrap a present and tie it with a ribbon we are taking the lines of force and bringing them together. What we have done is formed a cross with a bow in the center that sets into motion these contrary forces. It also resembles the soul’s journey through the elements of life. It is the dual motion of spirit and matter, the journey of the soul into human life.
Now take this same analogy and apply it to the web of a spider upon a branch of a tree. Instead of seeing the web lying flat upon its surface see thethreads surrounding and engulfing its foundation. To protect its home from the elements of life the spider weaves and joins the opposite sides together in an orderly manner, joining them at different intervals of the branch. These lines of force would travel up the spine or center of the branchbut not within it and would create several stages of force and energy that would bind and hold the web and branch together. These centers of force would be tested again and again throughout the various seasons and the spider would have to time and time again make adjustments to these lines of force synchronizing and balancing them to the raging winds, pouring ran, and electrical storms that threaten to tear it from its foundation.
The etheric field then acts as a receiver, assimilator and a transformer. As a transformer it steps down these highly charged currents of energy, interpreting and intuitively guiding us on our own personalized path of healing and well-being. This vital field, ‘hears’ things, ‘knows’ things, and ‘senses’ what should come next. It knows your hopes and wishes for the future and an accumulation every lifetime and everything you did in the past. It is the outer expression of our being and a direct reflection of our inner experiences. All this remains with us, good and bad until
we choose to change the balance of our present and future thoughts.
“In every created thing on earth there is an internal and an external; one of these is not given without the other, so there is no effect without a cause…..The external is estimated from the internal and not the reverse.” Emmanuel Swedenborg
THE LOWER SELF OR PERSONALITY
Every person on the earth adjusts and reacts to the inflowing energies from the universe in a manner characteristic with the make-up (persona) of his or her own personality, according to their level of awareness or consciousness.
Your basic personality is influenced by the first three subtle fields, the etheric, astral and lower mental body. These fields do not represent the ‘real’ human being, they are reflections of it. Though these three distinct fields interpenetrate each other, they vibrate at different frequencies, each one vibrating a little more than the last, creating a graphic expression or mould of the physical body. This crystallized design steps down the electrical vibration of the cosmic world and prevents the full expression of the soul.
The shape of your human form reflects an array of basic behaviors (habits, thoughts, feelings, actions) from your past and present life. It mirrors your subconscious needs for security, safety, nourishment and bonding and manifests in the real world for the need of logic, order and structure in your life, as well as orienting you to a specific time and place and the development of your five senses.
Your inner life, feelings and responses to others are all formed in the ego’s struggle to maintain control. As well, creative energy and ambition have motivated you to take risks and explore new ideas. Courses of interest excite and expose you to new ideas and theories; they stimulate your plans for the future. So you can see, with the ego, it reflects both sides of the coin.
So the three lower energy fields are the driving force of your life, their desire is to guide, control or direct and all of this is usually happening below your level of awareness. They are, what was mentioned a moment ago, as the ego. I’ve refrained from using this word (ego) because of our misunderstanding of it. I remember going to a spiritual retreat in the mid 90’s. The overall chant of the class was ‘abolish the ego’. Somehow this didn’t sit right with me. Our ego represents our identity, our ability to make decisions and reach our personal and full potential. The lower self truly is very complex and needs to be strongly in place before the higher subtle fields can be understood and explored. Without an identity, the foundation upon which it sits would crumble.
Each of us possess the identity of an individual soul that agreed to the arduous task of a long and ultimately triumphant journey towards the Light/God. In order to make the journey we were given freewill to choose our own way. Any suffering along the way is either caused from our lack of awareness, our ravaging thoughts or karma.
THE POWER OF THOUGHT
Your thoughts are just that, your thoughts. They knowing nothing for themselves because all that they are is just movements and patterns. And these movements and patterns can distract us, especially when we are confused by pain and fear. Our thoughts are by their very nature, restless and searching, when in this state they can prevent the mind from seeing the truth objectively and from making the right decisions. A ceaseless barrage of thoughts can pull us apart, criticize and put us down.
This past article on my blog may interest you. If the link doesn’t work, go to October 2010, Counting Your Thoughts,
“Hopefully this exercise will help you to realize you are not these thoughts and feelings. Your undivided attention gave you power over them…..These needs, angers, desires, delights, guilt’s, don’t own you. You own them and you can easily learn to watch them with interest and let them go.” ravenstar
THE POWER OF EMOTIONS
The astral field has to do with our emotions. Very often we cannot express our feelings to those closest to us because we are afraid of their reactions. We fear being misunderstood and misinterpreted. We fear being hurt, ridiculed, criticized, judged and we fear being wrong. This is when we either close down and pull away or find someone else, a third party, to complain to.
Yet how often are we able to listen to others without judging. How often do we start by listening then jump in with our own reactions, defences and justifications? How often have you been able to hear a person out, letting them express what their feeling, before making a comment? We’re all guilty of it.
“If you really want to hear someone when they trust you enough to talk to you, don’t listen to the words, hear how the words are spoken. All too often, we cannot hear the words because we come to the conversation with our own ideas about who people are. At the same time, we are determined not to let them see who we are. In order for effective and valued communication to occur, you must believe that you are safe, and you must offer that same safety to the other person.” Iyanta Vanzant
We’ve actually begun to tap into the the higher subtle vibrations or mirror of the physical body. But before we go any further, we need to understand our connection to Earth and the place we were born or feel a bond to. Stay tuned to the next article “The Earth and You”
To be continued……